The Stutsman County Auditor’s Office certified signatures Monday for a petition that will put a quarter-percent sales tax on the November ballot to fund a planned expansion and renovation of Alfred Dickey Library.

The James River Valley Library System turned in a petition that included more than 2,400 official signatures Sept. 2 at the Stutsman County Auditor’s Office, said Casey Bradley, Stutsman County auditor/chief operating officer. A minimum of 1,452 valid signatures was needed on the petition.

If voters approve the initiative, the sales tax would be imposed beginning April 1 until the costs authorized or bonds or other debt instruments that have been issued are fully paid. The sales tax cannot exceed a quarter percent of 1 percent of the gross receipts nor can it exceed $6.25 on any single purchase. It would require a simple majority to approve the quarter-percent sales tax.

The quarter-percent sales tax would cost the average household in the county approximately $33.75 per year.

The project is estimated to cost $9 million. The quarter-percent sales tax will raise about $700,000 a year that would be applied to the estimated cost of the project with the rest coming from donations.

The planned expansion of the Alfred Dickey building will include two buildings on the library’s north side - the Maranatha building and the Maple Mall, which will together cost $774,000 and encompass 16,000 square feet of space. The expanded and renovated library would be called the James River Valley Library.

Library Director Joe Rector said JRVLS is working to preserve the exterior and interior of Alfred Dickey.

“We want future generations to experience and appreciate that which was built in 1919 and which was built on a vision,” he said. “People had a vision for what they wanted this community to be in the future at that time. And they built for the future.”

When Alfred Dickey was built in 1919, it was large enough for the size of the community at that time, Rector said.

“The community has grown a lot since then, so what we want to do is provide space for the next 100 years, and we want the young people growing up in this community to be able to see what was planned and dedicated by Alfred Dickey and the other citizens of this community way back in the early 1900s,” he said.

Sun Assistant Editor Masaki Ova can be reached at (701) 952-8451 or by email at

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